1.5 Mil Women Benefit From Post-Abortion Care Project Annually


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1.5 Mil Women Benefit From Post-Abortion Care Project Annually
A PAC Project conference was held to mark the project's third anniversary and to release updates on the progress of the project, at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on November 16, 2014.[Sohu]

Data has shown that 1.5 million women across China are expected to benefit from the Post-Abortion Care (PAC) Project annually which aims to offer women post-abortion consultations and reproductive health care services.

The data was presented at a PAC Project conference, held to mark the project's third anniversary and to release updates on the progress of the project, at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on November 16, 2014.

Post-Abortion care, a term coined by Ipas, a global nongovernmental organization dedicated to ending preventable deaths and disabilities caused by unsafe abortions, is an approach to reducing deaths and injuries from incomplete and unsafe abortions and their related complications.

The PAC Project, co-launched in 2011 by the China Women's Development Foundation (CWDF), the Family Planning Branch of the Chinese Medical Association, and the Science and Technology Institute under the National Population and Family Planning Commission, aims to popularize high-quality PAC clinics around the country that will offer women post-abortion consultations and reproductive health care services, to regulate service processes after abortion, and to guide women in using effective contraceptive measures in order to reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies and thus the repeat abortion rate.

To date, a total of 486 clinics have been founded in 170 cities in 30 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions across the country, 30 more than was original planned.

Relevant data shows that currently about 8-10 million women undergo an abortion every year in China, and that the repeat abortion rate has reached 55.9 percent. Repeat abortions can have a serious impact on women's reproductive health, due to the increased risk of complications. Data shows that women who have had more than three abortions are 34.62 percent more likely to suffer complications.

Vice-President of the All-China Women's Federation (ACWF) Yu Hongqiu delivered a speech at the conference, in which she said that women's reproductive health is closely related to a family's happiness and social harmony as well as having an influence on a nation's development and social progress, so that social organizations, enterprises and individuals should work together and exert their efforts to launch PAC model clinic services, improve regulated consultation service procedures and raise women's reproductive health service level.

Li Jian, director of the Family Planning Branch of the Chinese Medical Association, said at the conference that protecting post-abortion reproductive health is a medical workers' unavoidable responsibility. "To implement the PAC project fluently, a set of regulated service systems should be established and the service procedures and quality in PAC clinics in different regions should be regulated," he further stressed. "The Family Planning Branch of the Chinese Medical Association specially released the Guideline of Post-Abortion Family Planning Services in April 2011, to offer a standard for PAC medical care services. In addition, our institute also participated in the establishment of the PAC outstanding service assessment standards, the investigations and guidance of work development in each hospital and the assessment of the listed hospitals."

Guo Zhenwei, secretary of the Institute of Science and Technology of the Chinese Medical Association, said that the institute has organized training sessions to help consultants improve their techniques and professional service levels through various means. "To date, more than 1,500 consultants have attended the training sessions and received qualified certificates," he said.

In her project implementation result report, Secretary-General of the China Women's Development Foundation (CWDF) Qin Guoying listed six measures that the project has implemented to improve its post-abortion care services, including concentrating on high-risk abortions to lower the risk of repeat abortion within six months, offering collective popularization and education among women waiting to see doctors, helping patients choose scientific and reasonable contraceptives, offering post-abortion guidance on effective contraceptives, recording post-abortion information for future visits and launching PAC project's official WeChat (Chinese version of WhatsApp) platform to release contraceptive knowledge.

Data shows that these measures have lowered the repeat abortion rate among women of child-bearing age from 30-40 percent to below 10 percent.

Lang Zhihui, vice-president of Bayer HealthCare, said that as a leading multinational pharmaceutical enterprise and the only strategic partner of the PAC project, the company has offered a lot of help to those who have not been given enough attention. She stressed that the company will continue to offer support to the project as always to improve Chinese women's reproductive health in an all-round way.

(Source: Sina/Translated and edited by Women of China)

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